The Importance of Exercise

Coco & Bella_dogPACER Treadmill_1It is a topic that we hear all the time as pet owners but so often our lives get in the way and taking the time to keep our four-legged friends fit and healthy can be forgotten. This post is just a friendly reminder of the importance of exercise!

Dogs need to use-up the energy running around their body!

Studies have shown that dogs that aren’t receiving regular exercise find other ways to use up their energy, and you might not like them! Regular exercise can help to reduce or eliminate common behavior problems, such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity.

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Dog Psoriasis And How To Avoid It

Is it just an itch, or dog Psoriasis?

Is it just an itch, or dog Psoriasis?

To address the first and most pressing question, yes. Sadly, dogs can get psoriasis. Being dog lovers here at dogPACER, we are aware that dogs often can suffer from many of the same skin infections that humans can. From dry skin and dandruff, from ringworm and psoriasis, a dog’s skin can be incredibly sensitive. But in being treated, dog owners need to be careful and not attempt to medicate their canine companions in the same way they would medicate themselves. Just because a dog can suffer from the same skin problems a human can have, doesn’t mean a dog can have that skin problem treated the same way. In many ways, that could make the problem worse.

For those who don’t know, psoriasis is a an extreme form a dry skin, which is known to itch and flake, which can be quite bothersome to the person (or dog) suffering from it. A good way to know if your dog has psoriasis is to check for the symptoms, which can be fairly easy to recognize. Is the dog focusing a lot of itching and scratching and licking on one area, almost obsessively so? When you check the area the dog is itching, is the skin really dry looking, flaking and inflamed under the coat, or has some of the fur been worn away? That is one sign that dog is having dermatitis issues, which are often as common in dogs as they are in humans.

So what do you do if your dog is displaying symptoms of skin problems? Do the right thing any time you have any worries concerning your dog’s health, and take it to the vet, no questions asked. There are simple enough meds that can put the dog on the long lasting road to recovery. But in being aware of the problem, there are simple enough measures you can take to help avoid it. One great way is to feed the dog a diet high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which can do wonders for their coats and skin condition. Also, be aware of some allergies your dog may have, as those allergens are often the triggers for such skin ailments in humans AND dogs.

Last and most important, give your dog lots of love. If you are close enough with your canine, you will know when something is wrong and do anything you can to limit its discomfort. While that level of love may not heal the dog, outright, it sure helps with it coping with it.

Can A Dog Feel Love?

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There seems to be much in the way of the debate about whether or not dogs can feel love. While some specialists want to  imply that a dog (and all animals, for that matter) function on a primal level, where they are responding emotionally to their needs being met, but they are not feeling actual love, all one has to do to try to understand this is look to the relationships some dogs form with other animals, and you get all the answers you need.

For example, this story about a dog befriending a little piglet. The piglet was ill and brought to a vet, who just happened to have a dog. And for reasons unknown to us, these two took an immediate shining to one another. At first, people wanted to imply that the dog’s maternal instinct was kicking in and helping look after the piglet because the piglet was sick, but what about months later, when the piglet is healthy, and the dog is still stuck right by its side, the same way two best friends would be. Can you explain that? The instinct of love, visible between these two animals, yet the world has scientists trying to convince us that what we are seeing with our own eyes doesn’t exist. Why is that? Well, if you look in the right corners of the world you will notice there are some scientists still standing behind the fact that dogs, do, indeed, feel love.

And the piglet and the dog is but one example of many dog love stories. The glaring reality in this is that anyone who has been lucky enough to even spend five minutes with a dog knows a dog feels love, perhaps even more intensely than humans do. And also and most importantly, that love is always blind, which speaks volumes about them.

A Healthy Dog Is A Happy Dog

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Do you remember the first time you encountered a really obese dog? Most people don’t forget it, because a fat dog is pretty much in total opposition to how we normally picture dogs. We see dogs as agile, fast, fierce creatures. But as soon as you see a fat dog for the first time, that image is forever tainted. Instead of imagining some muscled beast dashing through the woods, you see something like this. And even though people have taken to thinking obese animals are cute (they do kind of look like cartoons, after all), putting something at the risk for stroke, exhaustion, and death, is not cute or funny. In many ways, it is cruel.

Once an animal gains enough weight that movement becomes a chore, that animal will try to limit its movement. In other words, once the dog starts to get fat, unless you step in and do something about it, the dog will continue to get fatter and fatter. Believe it or not, if the dog gets fat enough, it will actually become depressed and lethargic, losing the urge to go out and run and interact with other dogs. In other words, just like humans, a dog will eventually get really depressed if it gets unhealthy enough. Would you sit idle by and let a friend get depressed and morbidly obese? So why do some people do it with their dogs? Truth is, they may not know the alternatives and ways to avoid that, which is why we are here.

The reality is, there are few things more depressing than a fat, lazy, dog. No one gets a dog with the intention of turning into a big ball of furry fat that sits in the corner of the room and sleeps for 23 hours a day. In many ways, getting a dog and allowing it to get sick and fat and depressed, is like having a prisoner. You are just keeping something, against its will, until it loses all hope and gives up, sleeping away its life. Yes, we know that thought is depressing, that is exactly the point we are trying to make.

The joy a dog gives its owners is often immeasurable and priceless. So why do some people seem to put a price tag on that happiness of that dog, which in turn, brings you and your family decades of happiness? You wouldn’t have a child, and just put it in a room and give it heaping helpings of food and little else every day, would you? That would be neglect, and would affect the growth and maturity of said child. See, when we put it in those terms, it is far more easy to understand. Now apply that logic to owning a dog.

A healthy dog is a happy dog, and taking simple, inexpensive steps to ensure that happiness seems like it would a priceless investment. And we know many, many dog lovers (and dogs) who would agree. A lifetime of love is pretty much worth any price tag attached.

 

Commit to a Healthy Dog Lifestyle!

Take the healthy dog pledge!Happy New Year Everyone!

Since the holidays have ended I have been feeling, well…a bit unhealthy. With all the traveling I’ve been doing, eating airport food and party treats aplenty, I have decided to NOT to make a New Year Resolution.

Wait, wait, I know what you are thinking. Why isn’t Bella making a New Year Resolution? But wait for it……I have decided to not make just a resolution, but to make a lifestyle commitment to being healthy all of the time, and I want other dogs to JOIN ME!

I have been working hard throughout December to create a dog health & fitness program called the BEST DOG RUFFOLUTION!

My friends at dogPACER and I are going to make sure that you have all of the information and tools you need to become the best dog you can be. Make sure to have your human around to help you with your BEST DOG goals.They are a great support system to have.

Ok, my furry friends. Stay tuned for more information on our amazing program, and ask yourself, do you commit yourself to being the healthiest dog you can be? If so, then get ready to join the BEST DOG RUFFOLUTION!

This is exciting ruff…I mean stuff. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I have exciting new for all of my dog friends…we are having a Black Friday sale on the dogPACER and Minipacer!

I am rolling over in excitement. I barked and begged the office to be part of Black Friday and they agreed!! The sale is going on RIGHT NOW and ends at 11:59pm, PST on Friday, November 23rd.

You can receive $100 off the purchase of a dogPACER or our award winning Minipacer dog treadmills!! All you have to do is have your parents go to www.dogpacer.com to place their order. Enter the promo-code for the dogtreadmill you want (and you can buy more than one….) when at checkout.

The Promo Code for the original dogPACER dog treadmill: BFLF12

The Promo Code for the Minipacer dog treadmill: BFMINI12

I know you have to be as excited as I am…the best thing is your parents don’t have to camp out at a store or try to beat the holiday rush to take advantage of this Black Friday offer! All they have to do is go online to order!!!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I am thankful for my family, the dogPACER and Minipacer, my dog friends and my life.

Be sure to give your family lots of love and kisses…and not because you want to lick the gravy off of their fingers. B.O.L.

Two more days…I am excited for Thanksgiving!! Geralynn and the dogPACER on The Doctors TV show!

The holidays are here. Decorations, family and friends coming over and a lot of cooking for the family. Well, I don’t cook…or eat all of the Thanksgiving treats…but I still have fun. I was reading a blog about Thanksgiving food…it all sounds yummy…but wow is that stuff fattening. I can’t let my slim dog body go over food…Woofie, woof…

Luckily, my dad gives me healthy treats and bones…and if I do get to splurge, I always have my dogPACER to exercise on…as a spokesmodel dog for the dogPACER, I must be in great shape. Ahhh….the life of a model…B.O.L. I love my job!!

I know you have read about Geralynn, our certified dog trainer…well she was featured on the daytime show, The Doctors!! We are all so proud of her!

http://www.thedoctorstv.com/videolib/init/7829

They showed some dogs in the dogPACER office in one of Geralynn’s classes. Woofie!!

If you haven’t been to our Facebook pages yet…I wanted to share with you again! We have so much great information, photos, videos and more on there. And I am always on our social media pages reading messages and meeting new dog friends.

https://www.facebook.com/dogpacersocial

https://www.facebook.com/DogPacer

I hope all of my dog friends have a fun Thanksgiving with their families and friends!!! Don’t forget to remind your parents that the Christmas stock of dogPACER and Minipacer treadmills are in!! They make a perfect Christmas present!!

Go to www.dogpacer.com to have them order yours today!

Doggercize at the dogPACER office!!! Calling all dog friends…you have to join our new exercise class!!

It’s another great day in the dogPACER office. Our trainer…and one of my favorite humans, Geralynn has started teaching Doggercize (dog Jazzercize) classes in the dogPACER office. Wow and woof…this is another fun way to get some exercise in and it is just as fun as rolling in the mud!

Perk up your ears because you are going to love this…every Wednesday at 6:00pm and Saturdays at 10:00am, PST, we are hosting Doggercize classes in the dog training room in the dogPACER office. Not only will you be able to join me in a fun exercise class, you can try your skills on the dogPACER or Minipacer dog treadmills.

Here are the details you need to give to your parents…make sure to give them a big lick and puppy dog eyes…it works for me everytime! 🙂

Doggercize is ideal for everyone who knows the need to exercise themselves and their pet, while teaching simple obedience lessons that help to relieve anxiety, separation anxiety, aggressive behavior, barking, licking, chewing, to name a few. Doggercize basic classes, all supervised by a dog trainer, get your hea

rt rate going with a regimen of simple, fat-burning exercises that are easy to do. 

More advanced Doggercize classes (“Boot Camp” style) are for the more serious exercise fanatics and their more active pets.

Our Doggercize Program involves four classes, the first of which is “Paw”tiquitte, an introductory class on the ABC’s of pet care the Paw-fect Way. 

The following is a brief description of the other three classes:

Yo-Dog-a; Primarily Seated Yoga stretches designed for you and your dog.

Doggy and Puppy Pull-a-lotties; Train your dog to not pull on the leash while you enjoy an overall body workout!

Retrieve and Burn; Train your dog to fetch in between interval training routines.

Doggercize will also help:

-Improve communication with your pet
-Improve pet socialization and proper behavior with other animals and people
-Boost yours and your pets mental and physical fitness, preventing obesity
-Improve or assist to create self discipline and control for you and your best friend!
-Train you in the best methods of care for your furry best friend

These classes are coached by Geralynn Cada, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Las Vegas Dog Guru and founder of Doggercize! You will also receive fitness training and dog coaching tips via email, a daily journal, nutritional guidance for you and your pet, and personal support from Geralynn and other members of her pet and people fitness team!

Doggercize!
Get fit with your best friend!

Find out more about Geralynn Cada, and her dog training at www.GCUnleashed.com.

 
If you haven’t met Geralynn, go to her website and read all about her. You can also see some great photos and video of her with the dogPACER and Minipacer.
 
I hope you will join us for a class soon!

Happy Veterans Day!! I am probably the only dog that loves Monday!

After a fun and relaxing weekend, I was excited to go back to the dogPACER office and get to work. We are busier than ever since the launch of the Minipacer and with the growing dogPACER dog treadmill fans and owners!! I make sure everyone in the office is doing their jobs…B.O.L.

I started my morning with a great run on my dogPACER then it was straight to my desk to catch up on my email, my Social Media Accounts and approving new photos of me…as the dogPACER spokesdog, I like to make sure I look my coat is shiny and perfect… I have a woofunderful job!!

I love our new office…we have so much space, a training center that dogs can come with their parents to try out the dogPACER or Minipacer, or take training classes with our certified trainer, Geralynn.

I also join in the classes to help Geralynn…I make sure to have my paw in everything with dogPACER…woofie…

I’ve been barking to my online dog friends all day…they are making their holiday lists for their parents and so many of them want a dogPACER or Minipacer dog treadmill as a gift. I give them tips on behaving, rolling over, dog kisses, begging and best trick…the puppy-dog eyes…they always work for me! B.O.L.

I hope everyone had a great Monday…I will be bark-blogging again soon! Enjoy the picture of my dog friends from the last class we had in the office!

 

Hope you’re having a woofunderful weekend!!!

Wagging my tail, running around, playing fetch and going on car rides…yep, I am one lucky dog!!! I love the weekends!! Whether if I am running on my dogPACER dog treadmill or having fun with my dad, I always love the weekends!!

Today there is a huge adoption events in Las Vegas today that our trainer, Geralynn is helping with. There are so many adorable dogs that really need new forever homes. If you live in the Vegas area you should stop by!! Tell all of your parents and friends!!

I am also so excited that Instagram launched a web-based tool that anyone who does not have an Instagram account can go to and see all of the fun photos I have from all of my fun adventures with the dogPACER and Minipacer.

Here is the link: http://instagram.com/dogpacer

If you haven’t friended me on Facebook, you are missing out on fun photos, videos and stories of all of the great things happening with dogPACER!!

Go to Facebook and LIKE my page…you can also meet so many of my dog friends and other dogs that come by the dogPACER office for training classes and to try out the our dog treadmills. https://www.facebook.com/dogpacersocial

Here is the information on the adoption event today!!! I’m going for a fun car ride…ready to go have some more weekend fun!!!